Voter Registration Training Saturday April 28

Ian McNally, Democratic campaign field director for our part of Virginia, will conduct training for everyone who wants to help register voters in Lexington and Rockbridge County in preparation for the 2018 elections and beyond.

The training will be held Saturday April 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Democratic headquarters in Lexington, 11 South Jefferson.

Now that the petition-signature gathering phase of the election year is complete, and before the canvassing and phone banking begin, it’s an excellent time to concentrate on voter registration.

Insuring that as many eligible people as possible are registered– regardless of how they intend to vote– is a democratic (and Democratic) priority. It’s a vital way of responding to Republican efforts at voter suppression.

Please join us for this important training if you can.

Awkward Conversations event rescheduled

Due to illness, the Awkward Conversations event scheduled for Saturday March 17 at Democratic Headquarters, 11 South Jefferson Street, has been rescheduled for Saturday March 31 at 1 p.m. at the same location.

Awkward Conversations, Part One

How do we as Democrats talk about controversial topics like abortion, gun regulation and climate change with friends and neighbors? Pam and Mike Grinder will conduct a workshop that will include “practice conversations” on a number of politically difficult subjects, with the goal of helping people find common ground.

The workshop will be on Saturday March 17 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters in Lexington, 11 South Jefferson Street.

If you would like to volunteer to be part of a “practice conversation,” please contact Pam Grinder at grinfam@aol.com.

Lexington Democratic Committee meets February 26

The Lexington Democratic Committee will meet Monday February 26 at 5:15 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters in Lexington, 11 South Jefferson Street.

New members are welcome. There is a voluntary membership fee of $15.

Sergio Coppola of Harrisonburg, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress from the Sixth District in the June 12 primary, will speak and take questions. (Another candidate, Peter Volosin, appeared at our October meeting and we hope to have all other interested candidate come to a meeting before the primary.)

You can find out more about Sergio and his campaign here.

We will also be discussing the follow-up to the very successful Kickoff meeting we held January with the Rockbridge County Democratic Committee.

Lexington Democratic reorganization caucus December 9

The Lexington Democratic Committee will hold an assembled reorganization caucus on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at the Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Rd, Lexington, VA, for the purpose of electing members and officers for the 2018-2019 term.

There will be a breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. followed by the caucus at 9:30 a.m. Nominations for the offices of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer will be taken at that time.

There will be a charge of $15 per person for the breakfast. Reservations for the breakfast are requested and may be made by contacting Jay Clarke at jclarke@ju.edu. You may participate in the 9:30 a.m. caucus without having the breakfast.

Those wishing to participate will be required to sign a form pledging to support Democratic candidates and affirming that they are registered to vote in the City of Lexington.

A voluntary membership fee of $15 will be collected.

The Rockbridge County Democratic Committee will meet separately at the same location and time.

If you have any questions, contact me at gzitver@gmail.com.

Gene Zitver, chair
Lexington Democratic Committee

Thanks for all you’ve done

Thanks to everyone who helped us achieve the great victory by our three Democratic statewide candidates on Tuesday. And special thanks to Dennis Ayers for running a strong and principled campaign as a Democrat for Clerk of the Circuit Court, and to John Winfrey for stepping up to challenge Ben Cline for the House of Delegates. I hope and expect that both will be active in future Democratic campaigns.

Northam, Fairfax and Herring carried Lexington by about 2 to 1. And while Republicans swept Rockbridge County, it’s worth noting that Northam actually won in Vo-Tech precinct and got more than 40 percent of the vote in Airport, Collierstown, Highland Belle, Meadowview and Rockbridge Baths. (Thanks to everyone who phoned and canvassed county voters.) Northam got a higher percentage of the county vote than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Electoral trends are worthy of attention, and the map here shows an improvement for Democrats even in some of the “reddest” regions of Virginia.

We still have work to do in this part of the Commonwealth, but the trends are encouraging.

So get some rest and get ready for 2018– especially since Bob Goodlatte won’t be running again.

Join Kaine, Perriello, Deeds and Swecker for final campaign push November 4

Please join

–US Senator TIM KAINE

–Former Congressman TOM PERRIELLO

–State Senator CREIGH DEEDS

–Virginia Democratic Party Chair SUSAN SWECKER

For a GET OUT THE VOTE event and CANVASS KICKOFF on Saturday November 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters in Lexington, 11 South Jefferson Street.

We’ll have doughnuts, bagels, hot chocolate and coffee.

All are welcome but volunteers for our final weekend of canvassing are especially needed. If you can help knock on some doors to assure a great Democratic victory on November 7, please contact Christian Worth at christianworth540@gmail.com or Michelle Watkins at MichelleDWatkins@hotmail.com.


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